Architecture · April 6, 2021 0

The Large Roof Overhang On This House Was Designed To Provide Shade From The Tropical Sun

Studio Saxe has completed a new home commission in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, that includes a sweeping roof and unobstructed views.

The sweeping and expansive angled roof of this modern home, which is lined with wood, allows for cross ventilation during the rainy and humid months.

As the home is perched on the hillside and is located on a steep lot, the lower level has been sunk into the ground, making the main social areas of the house at entry-level. This also creates the illusion of a one-story house from the street.

The sweeping and expansive angled roof of this modern home, which is lined with wood, allows for cross ventilation during the rainy and humid months.

The sweeping and expansive angled roof, which is lined with wood, protects the house and frames a feature entrance pool that cantilevers over the jungle.

The roof also allows for cross ventilation during the rainy and humid months of the year.

The sweeping and expansive angled roof, which is lined with wood, allows for cross ventilation during the rainy and humid months.

Inside the home, the main social areas include an open floor plan with a large wood ceiling floating over the space.

Inside this modern home, the main social areas include an open floor plan with the large wood ceiling floating over the space.

Sliding glass walls connect the interior spaces with the balcony, while the roof overhang shades different areas throughout the day.

Sliding glass walls connect the interior spaces with the balcony, while the roof overhang shades different areas throughout the day.

The swimming pool is also located on the main level of the home, extending out over the jungle.

A modern house with a swimming pool that overlooks the jungle.
A modern house with a swimming pool that overlooks the jungle.

On the other side of the swimming pool is the master bedroom with a sliding glass door that opens to its own outdoor space.

This modern master bedroom has a sliding glass door that opens to its own outdoor space.

In one of the bathrooms, a floating wood vanity sits below a horizontal mirror that has a warm glow from the hidden lighting behind it.

In this modern bathroom a floating wood vanity sits below a horizontal mirror that has a warm glow from the hidden lighting behind it.

In another bathroom, the shower is located in a semi-outdoor room with plants and a wood slat screen.

In this modern bathroom, the shower is located in a semi-outdoor room with plants and wood slat screen.

The other bedrooms and bathrooms are located on the lower level of the home which is accessed via a concrete staircase with matching handrails and integrated lighting.

A custom concrete staircase with integrated lighting and handrails.
Photographer: Andres Garcia Lachner | Design: Studio Saxe | Design Director: Benjamin G. Saxe | Builder: Jose Francisco Vásquez Navarro | Structural Engineer: Sotela Alfaro Ltda. | Electromechanical Engineer: CIEM